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G8/G20 Communique: An Ogii:wii (Feast for the Ancestors) will be held on October 23 to protect sacred burial ground

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An Ogii:wii (Feast for the Ancestors) will be held on Oct. 23, 2010 to protect sacred burial ground at High Park.

How would you feel if kids were BMX bike racing over your grandmother's grave?

Just think about it for a second. Pause and hold that emotion in your chest or heart or throat or where ever it sits.

Now listen.

The Taiaiako'n Historical Preservation Society's work it to protect sites of significance to Indigenous peoples in Toronto. This includes High Park where there are 57 ancient Iroquoian burial mounds. Other sites include the ancient town site of Taiaiako'n located in current day Baby Point.

The village of Taiaiako'n is an officially recognized site of great significance to the Indigenous history of Toronto. It is marked by a plaque, however, it is laid over by one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in Toronto.

Thunderbird Mound and the Mounds in High Park, while are in evidence in the historical record, are not officially recognized at this time, and therefore are under continued threat by development and recreational activities.

Taiaiako'n Historical Preservation Society has been working most recently, to protect Snake Mound in High Park from people who have been using the area as a bmx jump course and in doing so have destroyed the natural environment, and desecrated the burial mound.

To bring attention to this issue, the Taiaiako'n Historical Preservation Society will be hosting an Ogii:wii (Feast for the Ancestors) will be head on Saturday Oct. 23, 2010, starting at noon.

The location is just north of Grenadier Cafe in the Maple grove just below Bear Mound (called Hawk Hill by High Park. Please see this map.

Everyone is Welcome, bring food, drums and shakers....

This ceremony will be held concurrently with ceremonies at other sites across Ontario and into the United States. These sites form a line across that landscape and are a part of the energetic web of the medicine wheel.

A Full Moon Ceremony will be held on Oct. 23 at the Bear Mound in High Park.

For more information, please see the Taiaiako'n Historical Preservation Society website.

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